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Dingle The Picnic Peninsula

Grab your blankets and baskets and join us in Dingle to celebrate National Picnic week 15th-24th June 2018!



In our forthcoming blog series ‘Dingle - the Picnic Peninsula’ we’ll be showing you some stunning picnic locations, where to buy fabulous picnic food and sharing picnic recipes guaranteed to please friends and family! We’ll also be offering some fantastic discounts on our range of Dingle properties and offering one lucky reader the chance to win a luxurious picnic to enjoy on your stay in Dingle.


Dingle is Ireland’s west most peninsula. Its unique landscape is home to over 2,000 beautifully preserved monuments left over from the The Bronze ages, the Dark ages and even Hollywood films! Both its archaeological heritage and scenery are stunning. The main town, also called Dingle, is picturesque and well equipped with everything you need for a magical holiday. As one of Ireland’s largest Gaeltact towns it has a large number of pubs, some of which double as shops in the daytime!


Our 48 luxury and boutique homes are managed by Clodagh and Phil Edwards and their team. With their passion for Kerry, and as members of the local community, Clodagh and Phil are a treasure trove of knowledge when it comes to things to do, places to eat and, of course, where to find the best ‘craic’!


Bally David Sands


Mountain View


Killarney Haven


Little Liss Cottage


Picnic Hotspots, Dingle!

With the warm weather fast approaching it’s time to rediscover our passion for dining Al Fresco. In celebration of National Picnic Week, we’ve rounded up some of the hottest picnic spots in Dingle, Ireland.

Glanteenassig Forest Park



Situated at the foot of the Slieve Mish Mountains and covering an area of 450 hectares, the Glanteenassig Forest Park consists of  woodland, mountain, lake peatland and is an outdoor enthusiasts dream to explore. There are three walking trails in Glanteenassig. The River Trail (1.1km, 30 mins, easy),The Lough Slat (0.3km, 5 mins, Access for all) and the Lough Caum Loop (2km, 1 hour, moderate). There are picnic tables around each of the lakes so when you’ve finished your walk you can eat and relax while taking in the breathtaking scenery. There’s fantastic fishing to be had here but you will need a permit, ask at the SPA in Castlegory tourist office by the SPA in Castlegory. Open 08.00 – 22.00 (Summer) 08.00 – 18.00 (Winter)


Built in 1896, Brandon Pier used to be heaving with up to 100 canoes all out fishing for Mackerel, which would be salted and then shipped off to North America. The trade has died out now but people still fish for mackerel off the high walls and it’s the perfect place for a picnic. Grab a pint of Guinness from Murphey’s bar and soak up the atmosphere as well as the stunning view of Brandon Bay and the mountains.

Brandon Pier


Hussey’s Folly



Named after the Local land Agent RM Hussey, Hussey’s folly was built during the Great famine in 1845 as a means of providing employment for the poor. On a fine day it’s a wonderful spot to picnic and watch all of the comings and goings of the harbour. If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of local super star Fungie The Dolphin. There’s a little pebble beach, called the Sláidín which is great for swimming from and a car park just a five minute walk away.


Possibly one of the most iconic sites on the peninsular, Coumeenole Beach is on the stunning Slea Head drive. By the road you’ll find picnic tables overlooking the cliffs where you can enjoy your lunch. If you fancy stretching your legs you can stroll down the track to the beach, which was one of the filming locations for Ryan’s Daughter. Please note that the strong currents in the water make the beach unsafe for swimming.

Coumeenole Beach

Coumeenole Beach

Great Blasket Island



During the 1920’s and 1930’s the Blasket Island Authors produced some remarkable books. At the heart of their community lay an ancient tradition of Oral storytelling, but fearing that their way of like was coming to an end some of the Blasket Islanders wrote their stories down in the Irish language. These books are considered to be classics.The Island is uninhabited now but you can take a ferry from Dun Chaoin pier or hire a boat to this unique and beautiful place. Before your picnic you can take a stroll through the historic village or go swimming with the seals, before enjoying lunch on the white sandy beach or the grassy banks above.

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Dingle Sands


12th - 18th June 

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Doras Deag

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Gilly May’s Loft


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Killarney Haven


12th - 22nd June 

Little Liss Cottage


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Mountain View


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Pebble Cottage


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Salone House


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The Break


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The Lookout


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Wild Atlantic Rest


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Wine Strand House


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Woodland Lodge


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Shake off the old darkness of Winter and welcome the light! It will soon be time to celebrate the official arrival of Summer with the rich and vibrant Feile Na Bealtaine 2018 in Dingle. Let’s take a look ahead to the much-anticipated festivities and banish those Winter blues once and for all!

Feile Na Bealtaine has evolved from a tentative one-day event in the nineties to a full-blown, five-day multi-disciplinary arts festival which takes place every May Bank Holiday weekend in Dingle.

Kicking off on Thursday 3rd May this year and running to Monday, 7th May, there is guaranteed to be events for all tastes and age groups. Street theatre, children’s events, music of all types, poetry recitals, art exhibitions, short films, long films, comedy acts, concerts, art exhibitions, storytelling and a poetry trail are just some of the exciting events we have to look forward to.

One of the highlights of Féile Na Bealtaine is the free Oíche Bealtaine event (pagan rave).  Attendees are given a deliberately vague location in the town at which to meet and are only taken to the secret ritual grounds once a crowd has gathered. This year, the meeting place will be outside the church on Green Street at 9pm on the Saturday.

We interviewed Billy Mag Fhiloinn, one of the men behind the mask…

  1. Tell us a bit about the Feile - what is it, how did it start, what is so special about it. 

Feile na Bealtaine began in Dingle 24 years ago, rather modestly, primarily as a poetry festival. It has grown spectacularly over the years and is now one of the premiere arts festivals in Munster, if not Ireland. Its strength lies in its sense of community and locality, and its very broad appeal. People come from all over the world, and all elements of the arts are prominent in the festival, and this variety is vital to its success.


2.How did you get involved in the festival? 

I have been attending for a long time, but for several years I ran an event with artists, archaeologists and designers. We used ancient technology to make cast bronze objects. I also had an expert traveller tinsmith who taught us how to make traditional sheet metal vessels. In recent years, I have shifted gears, and have introduced a folklore/music/performance event, which is in effect a large communal ritual involving fire, ceremony and costumes.

  1. The Pagan festival is part of the Feile - How did the Pagan tradition start in Dingle and how does the Pagan rave tie into the Feile festival? 

I was speaking to a friend on the committee, and we were remarking how the féile is named after one of the ancient pre-Christian festivals, but did not reflect this aspect of traditional culture, and how interesting it might be to introduce elements of that into the proceedings. Now it forms a fairly important part of the festival, and seems to draw a lot of performers, participants and spectators together in a great communal celebration.

  1. The costumes are crazy! Can you tell me about the meaning behind them?

Some are fun and frivolous, some are serious and scary, and others are something in between. I spend a lot of time making them, it has taken many years to bring them all together. I have about fifty now, and more on the way. I draw on many things for inspiration, nature, folklore, myths and legends, and aspects of film and pop culture. But all the time I try to make them organic, and a little disturbing to the senses. The material is the most important part, wood, leather, bone, shell, straw and so on. I hope that they come across as elemental, and resonate with people on some deep level of the subconscious. Familiar and strange at once.



  1. What’s the atmosphere like when you are performing? 

We try to cultivate a feeling of otherworldliness, like one has been transported out of ordinary time and place, and to somewhere else. If we are successful, people should feel like they have stepped out of time, and into the in-between place, where ritual transformation takes place.

  1. Last year pagan rave you burned the Wicker Man, what does this symbolise? 

It’s largely based on the 1970’s film, which has been very influential on the project, but it also refers back to an account by the ancient Greeks and Romans of Celts burning massive effigies containing victims sacrificed to their gods. We are not so bloodthirsty though, we just like the spectacle. Everyone seems to enjoy a good effigy burning too, and there’s something cathartic about the whole process.


  1. Describe the Pagan rave in 3 words...

Strange, Wild, Liberating

  1. How can a visitor to Dingle get involved in the festival? Is it spectator event or can they partake? 

It’s a bit of both. There’s a straw costume workshop on Friday the 4th in Currans, where people can make their own costumes for the next day’s event. We encourage people to dress appropriately, like otherworld beings from the deep past, and when the music is underway, it is important for us all, everyone present, to dance and shout and surrender to the communal joy.

  1. For you, describe Dingle in 3 words? 

It’s traditional, contemporary, and vibrant.


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Weaving the Way in Dingle!

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Some people might think it would be hard for one craft business to stand out in a place like Dingle which is so vibrantly awash with creative talent, but Fiadh Handwoven Products has a quality that sets it apart from the rest.

Fiadh Durham, the person behind the business, has an extraordinary eye for fabric and tone. Fiadh is a real advocate for carving a successful career out of a natural talent and this is very evident in the beauty of her crafts.

We caught up with Dingle’s local weaver…

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I think I'm really lucky that I live in such a beautiful part of the world. My inspiration for colour and pattern is just endless. All I have to do is go for a walk or a drive to a beach or up a hill. And it's not necessarily just landscape, there are indigenous colours and textures that are very diverse all year round. I use that all the time to influence my work and as the seasons change naturally so do my collections.




Why did you choose a Fawn for your logo?

There are a few interesting things about the logo and the label and why I decided to go with the fawn image.

First of all "Fiadh", my name, is the Irish word for "deer" so I wanted to incorporate that into the design somehow. I feel that the simplicity of the fawn image helps people to easily associate it with my woven products. The other interesting thing is that the Irish word for weaver is "Fiodóir" so it's almost like it was meant to be!



The loom looks difficult to operate, can you talk me through your crating process…

I love to demonstrate how set up my loom and how contrasting textures contribute to bringing out a pattern. Setting up the loom is time consuming, but I enjoy the mathematical element to the preparation. Everything has to be planned out really well beforehand to get the pattern right. Only when this stage is complete can the weaving begin.

I find the work process really satisfying. You start with just a colour combination or pattern that you're interested in and then you bring together the materials. You're starting with individual threads and making it into a finished piece. That alone is really satisfying but then someone wears it and loves it so that's doubling up again. That in itself is a huge driving force for me in the business.



Where did your creative flair come from?

Both of my parents are musicians and my sister Sorcha is the instrumentalist in the well-known Dingle band Walking on Cars. I graduated from the National College of Art and Design with a degree in Textiles in 2007. After graduation I went on and worked at a weaving company in the town for five years before setting up my own business in 2013. Before I came across weaving I didn't really have a huge interest in it and she now want to show people how amazing the craft can be. 

I want to create products that are new, exciting, contemporary with a real focus on design.


When you’re not out getting inspired by Dingle’s beauty, where can we find you?

You can find me designing and creating my products in the shop/workshop in Dingle, with Oisín, my much-loved dog who is a hugely popular and playful character in the shop.

It is here that I enjoy engaging with my customers, showing them different ways to wear the products which include scarves, blankets and accessories and informing them about my crafts.

I'm privileged in that I love what I do. There are so many rewarding elements of the work. One is having my own business, so I decide what way I want things to go. It has its challenges as well obviously.



Fiadh's shop is located on lower Main Street, Dingle and her products can be ordered online via her website. 

Visit Fiadh's website and Social Media sites here:

Website: www.fiadh.ie

Twitter: @fiadhwovendesign

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fiadhwovendesign

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A Festival with a DIFFerence…

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For the 12th year, March 22nd to March 25th, Dingle welcomes creatives from across the globe to its can’t miss event – The Dingle Film Festival. A unique, unforgettable experience, that showcases Films, animations and short films over 4 days. With the festival being around the corner, we caught up with Maurice Galway, founder and festival director.

1.How and why did the film festival start in Dingle?

I have always loved film and I make film myself. Back in late 2005, following 5 years with a film festival I founded, I took a 6 month break with my wife and our then 3 young children. We travelled mostly through the South Pacific. During the course of those travels I took time to plan my next move. I knew I wanted to continue in a film festival capacity, so when I returned I set up Dingle IFF in the amazing town of Dingle - knowing that this is such an incredible destination to bring filmmakers to.

2.What makes Dingle Film festival unique?

We coined the phrase, the DIFFerence is Dingle and it truly is.  The location is unique; The Phoenix Cinema built in 1937, the 200 year old St. James Church and The Blasket Centre are such unique venues to exhibit film in. On top of that you’ve got award winning hotels, restaurants and bars amongst and all this against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean with the beautiful Conors Pass on one side and the Slea Head Peninsula on the other.  Hemmed in by beauty.


3.What does it take for a film to be shown at the Dingle film festival? 

Within such a quality environment, we cannot let ourselves down with poor programming or selection.  In dingle we pride ourselves in exhibiting quality film. I watch every film that is submitted. The process is rigorous and takes time, but the end result is a showcasing of exceptional films from around the world presented in intimate settings to our audiences. With features, I have built up a strong relationship with various distributors over the years, and this, together with visits to other festivals, is essential. The net result is a selection of quality films being presented with as many of the filmmakers attending as possible. This selection process is done with expertise drawn from our film friends in Ireland, the UK, France and USA.

4.What films are top of your list to see at this year’s film festival and why? 

Both our opening and closing films are really important films to me and have very strong local connections. The Camino Voyage is a film documenting the epic journey some local musicians and artists made on a Navoage (traditional boat) and Keepers of The Flame is a world premiere by local director Nuala O Connor.

We have Western and Sami Blood, which won The LUX Prize from The EU Parliament this year and with that you can see the films with both English and Irish subtitles, which is really cool and totally unique to us.

Other great Irish titles include; Michael Inside, (winner of The IFTA this year for Best Feature); Kissing Candice; The Silver Branch; and Song of Granite.

5.You support young Irish film artists, what advice would you give to aspiring artists?

We do support emerging talent.  This year our Pow Wow event for them will have a Chinwag and a Banter with actors Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk) and Paul McGann (Whitnail & I); director, Michael Uppendahl (Ray Donovon, Mad Men); and actress Paula Malcomson (Ray Donovon). With the French Embassy we have an opportunity for young filmmakers to work with VR 360. My advice is believe in yourself, your vision and keep working on it, never give up; it might sound cliché but it is about staying with it and believing in your own unique voice – keep looking up and aim high.

6.What’s your favourite film and why? 

Hardest question in the world, I love so much film. Recently I watched Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and I totally loved the film, I love how imaginative it was, like so much of his work. Sally Hawkins was wonderful in the film. I heard Del Toro speak at Annecy International Animation Festival and he is such a creative, right from his first film Cronos, I love his work. Growing up I loved Sergio Leone’s westerns, The Good The Bad and The Ugly and all the others.

7.Who and what films should we watch out for in 2018? 

Black ’47 directed by Lance Daly, is a film you are going to hear so much more about later this year. It is a film set during the famine here in Ireland and is already being talked about as one of the most important Irish films ever made. We have a screening of the film here at Dingle IFF.

Attending Dingle IFF is Barry Keoghan, an actor from Dublin, recently in Dunkirk and The Killing of A Sacred Deer and he is a real rising star.

8.Can the general public go to see films?

Absolutely! We programme with the general audience in mind. Simply book online or call into our box office in The Phoenix Cinema.

9.What is the atmosphere like during the film festival in Dingle town? 

The town is really buzzing with great fun each night in the festival clubs. You’ll see lots of young filmmakers and animators’ walking around the town with their festival passes on and with so many great celebrities having visited us over the years you never know who you might meet.  It’s an easy town to navigate and you repeatedly see people so it all becomes very comfortable, very familiar, very quickly.  Everyone becomes a part of the overall.

10.What would you recommend a first timer to the Dingle film festival to do during their visit? 

Well they absolutely have to go to see a film in the amazing Phoenix Cinema and another in St. James’ Church, these venues really are a unique place to experience film in.


11.Everyone loves Dingle, but what do you love about Dingle? 

I love the scenery and the beaches – I particularly like to swim on Bín Bán beach.  I love to hill walk in the surrounding mountains.  I love visiting Kilmalkedar Church, looking at the view over Clogher Head and then, of course, enjoying a pint in the far too many excellent pubs to mention!

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Made in…Dingle!

Dick Mack’s Brewhouse

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"What a great addition to an already legendary town. The IPA is to die for. Cool fit out, great tunes, and enthusiastic brewers." A quote from one of the many five star reviews the newly opened Dick Mack's Brewhouse has received since it's launch in September 2017.

Welcome to our latest Made in Dingle blog. This time we are featuring the newly launched Dick Mack's Brewhouse which has opened up behind the legendary Dick Mack's pub on Green Street. The Stay YNA Dingle team were treated to an amazing tour of the brewery as part of our Christmas night out and we were highly impressed by the history, ambition and values of this new start-up - and that was before we even got to taste any beer! 

I can't recommend the brewery tour highly enough. On arrival we received a warm welcome and the passion and excitement surrounding this new enterprise was instantly infectious. We were shown around by Finn MacDonnell, who is of the fourth generation of the MacDonnell family that has run Dick Macks pub in Dingle since 1855. Finn's telling of the Brewhouse story from it's inception all the way through to the thrill of their first brew was honest and captivating and demonstrated the true determination and clarity of vision it took to stick to their gut instincts, stay true to their goals and do things right at every step of the way. 
The idea to start a micro brewery in the old cattle shed building behind the pub first took root in Finn's mind a couple of years ago. With the recent addition of an outdoor seating area and artisan food trucks in the Dick Mack's courtyard he felt that the small craft beer operation would be a good addition to the overall Dick Mack's experience for locals and visitors alike. Over a drink at the bar with his friends Aussie Barrett and Seamus Lynch the idea came out in discussion and the two friends absolutely loved it. The dream had been born.
Dick Mack's Brewhouse is currently producing three distinctive beers - Amber Ale, Session IPA and Coffee Stout. All three are receiving excellent reviews so far - with good reason. Everyone in our tour group was given half a pint of each of the beers in the Taproom. The coffee stout is sensational. It has just the right balance of flavour with none of the bitterness you might expect. It is the result of a finely tuned collaboration with the extremely popular Bean In Dingle coffee shop next door. 
I had a few questions for Finn:
1) With the rising popularity of craft beer in Ireland and new breweries setting up around the country, what to you hope will set Dick Mack's Brewery apart from the rest?
We already have the Dick Mack's brand name and a channel to market through the pub. The brewhouse has an interesting history from it's uses over the years as a cowhouse and milking parlour, a storage loft for sheep's wool and the site where Tom Mack bottled the pub's beer in the early 1900's. We have invested in the best equipment in order to keep the process airtight, eliminate any contamination and keep the quality of the product consistently high. The water we use comes from our own well which we know is very pure from our regular testing and we use the highest quality hops and grain.
2) What are your plans for the future of the brewery?
Our focus is on quality not quantity. We are always going to be a micro brewery and therefore there is no pressure to grow too big and risk losing our unique identity. Our original plan was to just produce enough beer to supply our own pub. We hadn't anticipated the level of interest we have received from the other pubs in Dingle and we are delighted to have such support from them. We are working towards supplying these Dingle pubs but we do not intend to expand our market outside of Dingle. Supporting local business is important to us and if we can help create employment in our town we will be very proud of that. We hope that our brewery tours will help bring more visitors and create spin-off benefits for the community.  
We will soon be introducing our "Rotational tap" in Dick Mack's bar which we aim to stock with a new beer every month for customers to try. This exciting project will allow us to get creative and experiment with new types of beer and different flavours and see what we can come up with. Some may work and some may not and we are looking forward to receiving customer feedback on our efforts!

Where can we get more information?

On our Facebook page Dick Mack’s Brewhouse, Twitter @dickmacksbrewhouse and website www.dickmackspub/brewhouse. We will soon be adding new links and a map showing which pubs and restaurants have our beer in stock to the website!


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Ryanair have recently launched a brand new direct flight from Berlin to Kerry airport. It’s the first new flight route for Kerry airport in 7 years! This is great news for the Dingle Peninsula as it opens up a very straightforward easy way for German visitors to come and explore our majestic setting on the renowned Wild Atlantic Way.


Culture, creativity, entertainment, leisure and fabulous food is how Lonely Planet describes Berlin – but as contrasting as rural Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula may first seem, the same words can apply.

The local people are known for their warm hospitality and wicked sense of humour. They know how to have fun and this is evident in the lively, traditional pubs, the thriving traditional music sessions and passion for holding festivals (any excuse for a party!).

Berlin has beer and we have "the black stuff", creamy pints of Guinness, which adds to the merriment! The amazing coastal scenery and unspoiled ancient landscapes from lakes to mountains are unique to the Dingle Peninsula and it’s one off the most stunning sections of the famous Wild Atlantic Way. Thrilling outdoor activities include sea kayaking, hiking, golf, fishing trips, boat trips, whale and dolphin eco-tours, stand up paddle boarding and surfing. There is also a thriving arts and crafts culture with many designers and artists being inspired by the landscape and history of the area. The artisan food scene is huge with food festivals, great eateries and local distillery tours to be indulged in!



The Dingle Peninsula is situated in the captivating Southwestern corner of Ireland and juts out 50 miles into the great Atlantic Ocean. With direct flights from Frankfurt to Kerry airport and this newly-launched route with two flights a week from Berlin to Kerry airport, visitors can now travel to the Dingle Peninsula easier than ever before. Tourists can now find themselves in the heart of the Dingle Peninsula in less than 1 hour by car or taxi from Kerry airport. 

Many people don't realize that they can fly to and from Kerry airport and tend to fly to Dublin, Cork or Shannon and they don’t know what they're missing! Flying to or from Kerry is a delight. It’s a small, friendly airport with no long queues, no large arrival halls, no long walks to gates or parking nightmares - passengers are in and out in minutes with none of the stress we associate with larger multi-terminal airports.

At Stay YNA we’ve already welcomed guests from Berlin taking advantage of the new flight and our stunning homes and hospitality and we’re looking to welcome more!

Visit www.stayyna.com/dingle-cottages/ for more information or contact Lauren or Laura at [email protected].


Most Instagrammable…Dingle!

Dick Mack's Pub and Brewhouse

The words "Where's Dick Macks? Opposite the Church. Where's the Church? Opposite Dick Macks" are stenciled on the pub gates and it generally sums up the quaint, quirky, iconic character of the pub. Dick Mack's has been operating as a pub and leather shop on Green Street since 1899. Steeped in history, stepping into Dick Macks is like going back in time and it remains to this day as traditional as you can get. Still making leather belts and serving great Guinness, in recent years Dick Macks has also gained an amazing reputation as a whiskey pub and was voted Overall Irish Whiskey Bar of the year in 2014, 2015 and 2016. 

In 2017 Dick Macks opened their very own brewhouse onsite. The brewhouse building has a fascinating history and has survived many uses through several generations of the Mac Donnell family. A tour of the brewery is the perfect way to spend an afternoon and what better way to sample the latest beers than in the old taproom itself.


Dunquin Pier

A charming little feat of architectural madness, the access road to Dunquin pier is perhaps the steepest, narrowest and bendiest track in the whole of Co. Kerry. Built into the dramatic, rocky cliffs at the most westerly tip of Ireland's coast, the stunning views out to the vast Atlantic and the Blasket islands are breathtaking. Just don't get too distracted by them as you negotiate the challenging terrain on foot. 

The pier is the departure point for the ferry to The Great Blasket island during the summer months. A word of warning though, do not attempt to drive down this road as you will get very, very stuck - as embarrassingly discovered by unsuspecting tourists on more than one occasion in recent years!



Clogher beach

This rugged, spectacular beach is the best place on the Dingle Peninsula to storm watch during the wild winter season. As you drive down the narrow road towards the beach it feels as if you are about to roll straight down into the rough, angry seas as you approach the "Dangerous cliffs and Strong Current signs". It is with a sense of relief and an adrenaline rush that the left turn into the safety of the small carpark above the beach comes into view. From here you can park up and face the full force of the uninterrupted Wild Atlantic Waves as they churn up seas of white foam and unnervingly huge waves and high sea sprays. 



Mount Brandon

Stay away from that mountain! There is still a small number of locals on the Dingle Peninsula who remember giving cups of tea to survivors of World War 2 plane wrecks and recall farmers falling to their tragic deaths tending to sheep on steep ridges. These folk consider climbing Mount Brandon for pleasure and exercise a crazy thing to want to do. Religion and pilgrimage, maybe, but just for fun, no.

Thankfully, there are now many, many visitors and locals who seek to satisfy their sense of adventure, who relish a challenge and who are inspired by the sensational views that reaching the summit of Mount Brandon provides. At 952m high, Mt Brandon is one of the country's highest mountains and requires a reasonable level of fitness and experience including proper hiking boots, equipment and clothing. Climbers should allow 4hrs to complete the challenge and bring sufficient food and water. The rewarding views and sense of achievement are totally worth the effort.


By Yasmin

Wren’s Day

St. Stephen’s Day, the 26th December is a very special day on the Dingle Peninsula, which is home to the renowned “Wren’s Day” celebrations. Fundamentally, “The Wren” is a long-standing traditional event, alive with colour, music and celebration which reflects the local community in which it proudly has its roots. Historically, there have always been a number of Wren groups including the Green and Gold Wren, John Street Wren, Goat Street Wren and The Quay Wren.

I had my first experience of the Wren (pronounced “wran” around here) last year. I happened to fall in with The Quay Wren and become part of it all! I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting but it certainly exceeded anything I had imagined. I would describe it as a rich, joyous, cultural mix of history, tin whistles, drums, fancy dress and a serious amount of “ceol agus craic”.

I was drafted into The Quay Wren last November 2016. Over a pint with friends in Hannie Agnes’ Bar somebody asked me if I could play the tin whistle. ‘Well, I could when I was 8’ I jokingly replied…but by the end of the evening I had been persuaded to go along to band practice the following Tuesday evening in John Benny’s pub and give it a go. And so I became the newest member of The Quay Wren, Dingle!


One evening a week from then until the big day itself we met for training and band practice in different pubs along the quay. It was serious business with notes and new tunes to be learned every week but it was also great fun and a fascinating insight into local tradition and the significance of the wren amongst the local community. One evening we all met in The Marina Inn for the “making of the straws”. This very important ritual is necessary to complete the costumes required on the Wren’s Day itself. Oaten straw is woven into hats and skirts to be worn on the day and as many members as possible are required to help out.

On the morning of 26th December we gathered at The Marina with our drums and whistles. Each member was dressed up in green and white costumes (the official colours of the Quay Wren). Face paint, straw skirts and a range of finery from wigs to onesies were adorned and off we set to the tune of “Take Her Away Down the Quay” with banners and buckets aplenty. Each wren group collects money for charity and The Quay Wren charity is the RNLI Life Boats. We marched a route around the town stopping at different watering holes along the way drumming, whistling and rattling buckets all the while. Towards the end of our journey, in keeping with a long-lived tradition, all of the wren groups met at the main bridge in town. All of the bands and their followers mixed together and played an assortment of tunes as one. A friendly rivalry exists amongst the different wren groups but this coming together in celebration of the festival was really something special and the highlight of the entire event for me.

And so it is time again to dust of the drums and dig out the tin whistle for the next outing - Wren’s Day 2017. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Hip Hip The Quay! An Cé Abú!

By Yasmin Kenny


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Other Voices

There’s something about the cold, wintery December weather and the twinkling Christmas lights that adds another dimension to the atmosphere around town. Blustery rain showers, wild seas and the biting cold are all the excuses you need to seek refuge by a roaring fire in a cosy pub and enjoy an amazing live music experience over a steaming hot toddy, the whole thing is relaxing, welcoming and so inviting…

December 2011 was my first time to go to the Other Voices music festival in Dingle. Before that I had heard talk of it but not enough to suggest how unique an event it really is - for that you just have to go and experience it first hand. There wasn't a huge build up to the festival, but I did become aware of an underlying, subtle sense of excitement and anticipation around the place in the weeks leading up to it. I wasn't living in Dingle at the time but was a regular weekend visitor. I still remember the envy I felt when I got a text from a friend on the Thursday night before the festival officially kicked off telling me they were in McCarthys pub with The Coronas, Damien Dempsey and Declan O'Rourke. Thankfully I was on the road west the very next day and determined not to miss out any more the fun.

Other Voices is unike any other music festival I've ever been to. All of the gigs and events are completely free, even the headline acts in St. James' Church! Tickets for the church gigs cannot be bought - they can only be won through competitions. But getting into the church isn't the main highlight! In fact, it's nearly better if you don't! The church gigs are live streamed on big screens to the main pubs around town which means you can enjoy the music from the comfort of a high stool with the added bonus of being able to enjoy a drink or two! The music trail around town is extensive and just as entertaining as the headline gigs in the church. Here you will find something for all tastes in small, informal settings, mainly pubs but also coffee shops, restaurants, galleries etc. Most of the music trail gigs are printed in the festival brochure but many are not. Some of my best memories have come about because of randomly popping in to a bar for a sneaky hot port and finding something magical happening.

Dressing up isn't required and you can get away with wearing winter woollies, hats and scarves. There are no VIP or no go areas, famous musicians, emerging artists, locals and visitors all mix happily together. You could just as easily find Hozier sat next to you on a bar stool as your next door neighbour. Everyone goes to Benner’s after the church gigs and all are welcome. It's all very low key and is a seamless continuation of the pub scene with people chatting with friends, and, you know, new friends like Damien Rice, Gavin James, Ellie Goulding or Glen Hansard...

The unplanned nights are always the best. Two years ago, a friend and I popped into the supermarket on the Saturday afternoon of the festival. While there we decided to check out what was happening in the Tom Crean brewery. David Kitt was playing. He was an exceptional and it was the just beginning of another fantastic evening. One Sunday night we were at home, a little weary after two excellent nights at the festival and contemplating an early night. But we had heard about a local band that were playing in one of the pubs. Not wanting to miss out we found our second wind and headed in. I'm so glad we did. It was our first time seeing Walking on Cars and it was so exciting to discover such up and coming talent right on our doorstep. I remember jokingly saying that in years to come we'd be able to say we saw them before they were famous. Never a truer word as it turned out.

That's the thing about Other Voices - lots of emerging new musicians feature. At the 2015 festival we decided to go to a gig in the Dingle Court House, largely out of curiosity to see what an actual functioning court house would be like as a venue. We were blown away by Wyvern Lingo. It was an outstanding experience and they held the audience captivated throughout.

Last year we were lucky enough to get to attend a gig in the church for the first time. We managed it simply by chancing our arm and being in the right place at the right time - the street outside the church. Once the people with wristbands had gone in we asked the doorman on the gate if there would be any chance of standing room at the back or taking the place of any no-shows. To our amazement he told us to just hang on and he'd see what he could do! 5 minutes before the first gig was due on stage he ushered us in. We ended up in the front row. Amazing. Pixie Geldof was the stand out performance that night, but other memorable acts included Kojey Radical and Rejjie Snow. This rare opportunity to experience the live gigs from inside the Church was fascinating. The acoustics, for one thing, were unbelievable. The quality of the production for the Other Voices TV show was impressive - the presence of all the high tech equipment and TV cameras was a little disconcerting at first but once the performances started it all seemed to fade into the background.

The first acts are now being announced for Other Voices 2017. Needless to say we are eagerly anticipating yet another wonderful weekend of music, atmosphere and time spent with friends old and new. A truly rare event, it still manages to be one of the music industry's best kept secrets.

 The 2017 Other Voices Music Festival takes place from 1st - 3rd December and like every year we simply can't wait!

You can enter to win tickets here - http://www.othervoices.ie/eir-other-voices-2017

Or visit Other voices Fabebook page - https://www.facebook.com/OtherVoices